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Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces

Portugieser Reference IW325 from 1954 © IWC
History & Masterpieces
The Portugieser by IWC

Specially created in 1939 for two Portuguese wholesalers, its classical lines and multiple complications have earned it iconic status. We look back at the story of a giant among watches.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019
4 min read
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Seiko Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 manual winding
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part ten

Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part ten: magnetic escapements.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
3 min read
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Chronomètre à Résonance New York 2002 © F.P.Journe
History & Masterpieces
F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance, 35 years and counting

Following in the footsteps of Antide Janvier, François-Paul Journe has mastered the phenomenon of resonance, but in a wristwatch. This has been a slow process that began 35 years ago and gave us the first Chronomètre à Résonance F.P. Journe in 2000.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
The FHH Journal editors
3 min read
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Big Bang Unico Red Magic 2018 © Hublot
History & Masterpieces
It all started with a Big Bang

Since its debut in 2005, the Big Bang chronograph has been one long success story. Its secret? A signature design that gives form to Hublot's concept of fusion through unprecedented combinations of materials. Gold and rubber, denim and diamonds, sapphire, carbon, silk embroidery or sheep wool... there's no stopping the Big Bang!

Friday, 20 April 2018
5 min read
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Renaissance skeleton clock, Germany, circa 1620. Musée de Cluses © Charles Savouret
History & Masterpieces
Regulating organs, from past to present – Part One

Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part one: from the clepsydra to the verge escapement.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018
6 min read
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This unique piece, ref. 20058M, in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel required 13.5 metres of gold wire (15 g) with a section of just 0.15 x 0.6 mm to trace the complex dial design.
History & Masterpieces
Patek Philippe showcases rare handcrafts in Geneva

The watches presented at Baselworld 2018, examples of rare handcrafts, are to go on display at Patek Philippe's Salon on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.

Monday, 16 April 2018
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
History & Masterpieces
The story of an icon: Zenith's El Primero

Unveiled in 1969, El Primero is the first ever fully integrated, high-frequency, automatic chronograph movement. For many years the most precise chronograph in the world, it remains a symbol of performance and continues to rule the hearts of mechanical watch enthusiasts. Here's its story...

Tuesday, 03 April 2018
5 min read
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The new Santos collection, presented at SIHH 2018, features interchangeable bracelets and straps
History & Masterpieces
Santos de Cartier, the modern icon

Technology and design have undergone countless transformations since 1904 when Louis Cartier imagined the Santos for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, and still this revolutionary wristwatch hasn't aged a day. For proof, the new Santos collection, presented this year, bears a striking similarity to the original, as befits a true classic.

Thursday, 08 March 2018
5 min read
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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